DCS School Board Elects New Officers to Begin New School Year

Supt. Uselton, Board Secretary Michele Henley, School Board President Milton Nichols

Superintendent Cory Uselton, School Board Secretary Michele Henley, and Board President Milton Nichols

     July 1st, the official date of a new school year, is when DeSoto County Schools Board of Education elects new officers.  Milton Nichols became the new board chair, and Michele Henley was named Board Secretary for 2019-2020.

     Other board members include Sarah Doss-Thomas, Shelia Riley, and Ann Jolley. Thomas served as board chair in 2018-2019. Riley and Jolley have previously served in the leadership chair to operate the business of DCS.

     What do school boards do?

     According to GreatSchools.org, the main responsibilities of the school board are to:

  • Set the vision and goals for the district
  • Adopt policies that give the district direction to set priorities and achieve its goals
  • Hire and evaluate the superintendent
  • Adopt and oversee the annual budget

      A typical school board meeting will include many business items, such as approving the school calendar, adopting curriculum, overseeing construction, and approving contracts with outside vendors.

     “I have said many times that DeSoto County Schools has one of the best school boards in America,” said Supt. Cory Uselton.  “They provide great insight into overseeing the business of our district while paying close attention to the district’s priorities for academic achievement.”